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Stephen Harper’s Index

Posted on October 8, 2009
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The price tag on a government’s vanity

$56-million (or more)

Amount the government spent on partisan “Economic Plan” advertising between January and June of this year.

$6.5-million

Amount the government claims is budgeted for H1N1 prevention advertising.

At least 10:1

Ratio between partisan ad spending and H1N1 advertising this year.

5 times more likely

Chances that Canadians are expected to catch H1N1 compared to the regular flu.

$3-billion

Amount this government spent on consultants (unclear if spent all at once on a single “magic mirror”).

8

Number of months the Harper government has had to get infrastructure projects off the ground.

12%

Amount of projects that had shovels in the ground September 1 (not counting imaginary shovels).

630

Number of extra tax dollars per year workers will pay annually for the government’s $15-billion EI payroll tax grab.

56-billion

Record size of our deficit, one year to the day after Harper said there would be no deficit at all (happy birthday).

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